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California Law Review
Published by the Faculty and Students jf the School jf Jurisprudence tf the
University gf California, and issued Bi-monthly throughout the Year J(C & 3P
Subscription Price, $2.50 Per Year Single Copies, 50 Cents
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ORRIN K. McMtJRRAY, Editor-in-Chief.
W. W. FERRIER, JR., Student Editor-in-Chief
T. J. LEDWICH, Business Manager
Faculty Board of Editors
WM. CAREY JONES A. P. MATTHEW
WM. E. COLBY M. C. LYNCH
A. M. KIDD M. E. HARRISON
Student Board of Editors
ARTHUR ALLYN H . C. KELSEY
M. C. BAER D. A. MACE
H. S. DON CARLOS S . R. STERNE
C. S. JOHNSTON M . K. WILD
T. A. J. DOCKWEILER
FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING OF CALIFORNIA
The fourth annual meeting of the California Bar Association
was held at San Diego, on November 20-22, 1913. The meeting
was held midway between legislative sessions, and the discus-
sion, therefore, of legal reforms was not so thorough as at the
last annual meeting, an account of which is contained in the first
volume of this Review. 1
The proposition that evoked the most discussion was the
proposed constitutional convention. The opinion of the bar, as
1 1 California Law Review, 170.
138 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW
represented at this meeting, was overwhelmingly against such
convention. Cumbersome as our present organic act is, there was
little hope that a simpler one would emerge from a new dis-
cussion. On the contrary, it seemed to be the opinion of most
of those who spoke upon the subject that additional details were
likely to be added, which would prove embarrassing to effective
The papers read before the Association were of more than
usual interest. Two of them, because of their intrinsic import-
ance and because of the interest attaching to their authorship,
are reprinted in the present number of this Review. Another
paper, which evoked much comment, was that by Mr. R. S.
Gray, on "The Reorganization of the Bar as a Necessary Means
to Justice." Mr. Gray took the position that many of the evils
in the present administration of law were due to the fact that
the trial lawyer is, by virtue of the fact of his private employ-
ment, too much a partisan. He advocated not merely the sepa-
ration of the functions of the attorney and the barrister, but
the entire abolition of the system of permitting either the client
or the attorney to select a trial lawyer. He would have the trial
lawyer, as the district attorney is now, — and, in some places, the
public defender also, 2 — a state official, under civil service, drawn
by lot for the particular case, in some such way as the jury is
now drawn. Other interesting papers were those by Robert A.
Waring, on the "Inheritance Tax Act" and by Hon. W. 1.
Morrison on the "Workmen's Compensation, Insurance and
The Association elected William J. Hunsaker, of Los Angeles,
as President, and T. W. Robinson, of Los Angeles, as Secretary,
for the ensuing year. O. K. M.
2 As to the public defender under the Los Angeles Charter see 1
California Law Review, 52.